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HTC 8S Windows Phone

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Product Code: HTC-8S
Manufacturer: HTC
Rating: * * * * *

HTC 8S Overview

With the HTC 8S you can stay connected and stand out: enjoy instant access to the content and contacts that matter most with dual-core performance and an intuitive interface. Plus, with ultra-vibrant two-tone colour wraps, you’ll be guaranteed to stand out from the crowd

The HTC 8S is a device that was designed with entertainment in mind. Music, movies and games are complemented by exclusive, built-in Beats Audio, for unrivalled sound. When it comes to music, you’ll hear every note of each track just as the artist intended, with deep bass and crystal-clear vocals

Stay in touch thanks to real-time updates with personalised Live Tiles. Get updates on a customisable interface that lives and breathes with your personality. And with the brilliant, pixel-packed 4 inch display of the 8S, you can rest assured that you’ll see it all in beautiful detail.

Create, edit and share in an instant with a best-in-class 5 Megapixel camera. A physical camera button means taking great photos is as simple as pointing and shooting, while an array of themes, colours and special effects let you unleash your creativity and fit your pictures to your mood. Then instantly upload your photos to Facebook and Flickr to share your favourite moments with the people who matter.

For anyone wishing to try Windows Phone for the first time, or even upgrade a previous Windows Phone handset, the HTC 8S handset is a prime contender. Its exciting colour range, which includes Domino, Fiesta Red, Atlantic Blue and High-Rise Grey, offers choices that are sure to make the handset stand out from the crowd.

However, it’s not only the look of the Windows Phone 8S by HTC that will catch the eye of potential buyers, but the spec sheet as well; while the HTC 8S is reasonably priced, its hardware offering has not been compromised. A Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 1GHz dual-core processor powers the device, which also includes a microSD slot.

Several of the top Android handsets now come with quad-core processors, but it is argued by chip manufacturers such as Qualcomm that the vast majority of users (95%) only use two cores at any one time. In the case of the HTC 8S, the inclusion of a 1GHz dual-core processor and 512MB RAM provides ample power for a smooth user experience, but also helps to keep the price point down.

In terms of connectivity options, there is no NFC included with the HTC 8S, but it does have Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G, which provide plenty of options for sharing media and connecting to the web. There’s also GPS and GLONASS included for navigation, plus a 3.5mm earphone jack for connecting a set of headphones.

The HTC 8S offers a stylish Windows Phone 8 experience at a superb price point

Reasons to buy HTC 8S

  • Stay connected and stand out
  • Ultimate entertainment
  • Personalised live tiles
  • Instant sharing and built-in creativity
  • Windows Phone 8
  • Qualcomm S3 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 4" Super LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass
  • Beats Audio integration
  • 4GB Internal Storage
  • MicroSD expansion slot
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G
  • 5MP Camera
  • Internal GPS GLONASS
  • MicroSIM

HTC 8S Box Contents

  • HTC 8S handset
  • Stereo headset
  • AC adaptor USB cable
  • Documentation
SIM Free & Unlocked Yes
Operating SystemWindows Phone
Custom Skin
Dual Core Yes
Quad Core
Make/ModelQualcomm S4
Expansion Slot Yes
Capacity (Up to)32GB
Internal Storage Yes
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution WVGA
OtherGorilla Glass
Frequencies850/900/1800/1900 MHz
Frequencies 900/2100 MHz
Bluetooth Yes
Version2.1 with Enhanced Data Rate
WiFi Yes
VersionIEEE 802.11 b/g/n
Audio3.5mm jack
Video Out
Facebook Yes
Device Controls
Optical Trackpad
Hardware Buttons
Antenna TypeInternal Glonass
Built-in SoftwareBing Maps
Camera Yes
FlashAuto focus and dual LED flash
Camera LensF2.8 aperture and 35mm lens
Front Facing Camera
G-Sensor Yes
Proximity Sensor Yes
Digital Compass and Gyro
Light Sensor Yes
FormatsPlayback: .aac, .amr, .m4a, .mp3, .wav, .asf, .wma (verison 9 and 10)
Formats .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, m4v, asf, .wmv (version 9 and 10)
Near Field Communication
FM Radio
Capacity1700 mAh
TypeEmbeded & rechargeable Li-ion Polymer battery
Removable Yes
Call Time
Standby Time
Dimensions120.5 x 63 x 10.28 mm
Weight 113g with battery

The following is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about this product. Hopefully you will find the answer to your question, if not, use the contact form below and we shall answer it for you.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes - If you are located outside of the UK you may want to take a look at our list of FAQs for international customers on the following link:

Is this phone SIM FREE and Unlocked?

Yes, this phone is unlocked and can be used with networks around the world. Do check the specifications to ensure compatibility in your region with your network provider. No SIM card or contract applies to this phone.

Is this phone brand new?

Yes. Unless the description of the product suggests otherwise (I.e. EX-DEMO) then this product is brand new and has not been used before.

Is there any network/operator branding?

No - There is only the manufacturers branding.

Does the phone have a standard SIM card slot or a Micro SIM slot?

It has a standard SIM card slot

Does the phone have a Micro SDHC/memory card slot?


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Overall Rating * * * * * 3 Stars Good

Mark Stavers 10th May 2013

Overall Rating
1 Stars Poor

Recommend to a friend? No

"It's already been said, but this phone is barely usable as a smartphone. So disappointed with HTC. Just not enough storage to install more than a couple of apps. Not fit-for-purpose."

Mike Currie 24th April 2013

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"Had this phone for a week now after having had an Android device. It is stunning. It's a 'tour de force'of design. There is no phone like it on the market. It feels a perfect fit in the hand and the soft touch back and edges make it feel secure. WP8 is well matched with this phone being the best mobile phone OS out there. The whole thing oozes quality and style. The memory isn't the largest but as I use cloud storage its actually not an issue for me at all. On top of that, the price offered by Clove is the best I could find. couple that with very quick dispatch I'm very happy to have done business with them and would not hesitate to recommend them.

All in all, the best mobile I've owned."

Quratulain 27th December 2012

Overall Rating
2 Stars Ok

Recommend to a friend? No

"After quite a lot of research, my husband bought the phone on Christmas eve. Thinking that 4 GB of internal memory would be reduced to about 3 GB or 2.5 at the most, he was shocked to see only about 990 Mb was usable. Do not buy the phone unless you will only install about 10 apps, seldom update and will use it more for music and photos (both can be saved on expandable storage)

This phone is for someone like my mom who hardly ever updates the phone software and installs about 10-15 apps in the course of a year.

If you dont have a problem with less than 1 GB of usable space, it is a GREAT phone and an excellent purchase.

This is only a review of the phone. Not of Clove's service which is very good by the way. "

Claudio Brito 14th December 2012

Overall Rating
5 Stars Buy it now!

Recommend to a friend? Yes

"Amazin phone. Fast, right size, and extremly light.

Only 1 week from UK to my home, at Rio de Janeiro. Clove are the best. Safe purchase and personal treatment all the time.

Probably I'm th firstand happier brazilian to own this phone.

Thank you so much, Clove Team.

Best regards,

Claudio Brito"

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